We give our power away when we base our happiness on other people or circumstances. It took me some time to fully comprehend this transformative concept. I was the “quick-fix happy girl” until I realized my good mood was fleeting until the next temporary high. It became apparent just how much life has to offer if we simply take the time to pay attention. I also began noticing how much we take for granted and how we don’t appreciate the little “big” things in our lives; it’s often life’s tiniest treasures that generate the most joy.
Over the years, I’ve found the word “gratitude” to be a recurring theme in many of my favorite books, articles and poems. The more I’ve practiced being grateful for life’s simple pleasures, the more aware I’ve become of how lucky we are to be alive and what a pivotal role love—of others and our precious Earth—plays in adding to the beauty and meaning of our lives.
“Pleasure is always derived from something outside you, whereas joy arises from within.”
― Eckhart Tolle
This gratefulness has turned into an inner joy, the magnitude of which I can’t fully express in words. I just feel it and know it. I truly believe that the mind-body connection is so strong that we can feel great physical pain in times of sorrow or sadness, and completely forget our pain when feeling joyful and happy.
I began this “mindful gratitude” practice, as well as meditating, more than 15 years ago in order to bring a level of clarity and peace to my life; little did I know that this would transform my world on so many levels, including becoming publisher of Natural Awakenings of OKC!
I feel honored to be able to share this wonderful magazine with you each month, and consider myself so very fortunate to have the opportunity through my role as publisher to meet so many folks that truly care about others and the planet. Our community is growing rapidly, and this great group of people is keenly aware of the vital connection between the well-being of body, mind and spirit, and inner joy and happiness.
Within these pages, you’ll find some of the most highly skilled practitioners, healers and teachers. They are ready, willing and able to guide you through your personal struggles. We are in this together, and now is the time to help each other become the best version of ourselves.
Peace and Love,
Jeannette Draper, Publisher